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News New brands join Jewellery & Watch show


Jewellery & Watch, the specialist trade show that runs alongside Spring Fair at The NEC from February 7 – 11, is welcoming scores of new brands to this year’s show, with 17% year on year growth. The 2016 edition will showcase new collections


from over 400 brands, many of which have chosen to launch their Spring/Summer 16 and Autumn/Winter 16/17 collections exclusively at Jewellery & Watch. New exhibitors include over 16 new Italian brands, the majority of which are presenting fine jewellery ranges. Over 30


completely new names are also confirmed for the fabulous Design Quarter, which this


year sees the launch of British Born & Made, an all-new and beautifully curated area dedicated to showcasing the best of British jewellery design. Among the confirmed line-


up is Harsh & Sweet, which is bringing its Stars and The Waves collection to the show. Wedding and engagement ring designer, Claire Troughton returns to Jewellery & Watch after a number of years’ absence with a rebrand to celebrate her 20th year in the industry. Adding to the offering will be Kattri,


Claire Troughton Cornerstone Creations


presenting its new fine jewellery collection, Asymmetry, while British brand, Cornerstone Creations, will also make its debut at the show this year. Designer Paul Spurgeon runs The Cornerstone Creations Project in South


Record-breaking sales at Inveraray Castle


Situated on the west coast of Scotland, Inveraray is the ancestral home of the Duke of Argyll, chief of the clan Campbell. Visitors to the castle often arrive on guided coach tours, to discover its fascinating history. It has recently featured as ‘Duneagle’ in the popular drama series ‘Downton Abbey’. With 90,000 visitors between April and October, it is vital that each retail


choice is made with care and consideration. At the start of last year, Hall of Names became established at the Castle and has quickly become a vital part of the business. Retail manager, Mhairi Goodheir said: “We are very happy with how Hall of


Names has performed, and it has made a big difference to our profits – in fact we wish we had done it three years ago when we were first considering it. We intend to plough the profits back into the ongoing care programme for the castle”. Hall of Names is a family run business and prides itself on achieving


excellent sales results for its carefully-chosen retailers. To find out more about selling coats of arms and surname histories with Hall of Names, visit its stand at Spring Fair Hall 5 Stand B69, or see the website.


Carte Blanche celebrates 21 years of Me to You with huge Spring Fair relaunch


One of the biggest brands in the business, Me to You from Carte Blanche Group, will celebrate its 21st anniversary at Spring Fair with a major relaunch and raft of special events. Since launching in 1995 on greeting cards, the


famous grey bear, Tatty Teddy has developed a huge fan base and now reaches over 7 million consumers on social media, with retail sales of $250 million. Key to the brand standing the test of time is


Carte Blanche’s continual drive to innovate and change, so to mark the 21st Anniversary of the brand, Me to You is unveiling a complete relaunch of the Everyday plush and gift collection at Spring Fair. The relaunch is a result of extensive research and an evaluation of retailer and shopper needs.The new


collection, which will be fully showcased on Hall 3 Stand U02 Hall 4 Stand A21 includes many stand-out features to recruit new shoppers to the brand. New low entry price points, gift- ready packaging, and striking point of sale solutions available for all store formats. For fans who have been


on the 21 year journey there are some wonderful new innovations in design, handcrafted accessories and finishes and new super-soft fabrics, remaining true to


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the trusted and cherished heritage of Me to You. Carte Blanche is also publishing a


Special Anniversary Edition of the Me to You Story and copies of a limited print run will be available to retailers on the stand in Hall 4 on Sunday February 7 at 5pm. Everyone is invited to join in the


celebrations with chairman and founder, Stephen Haines and raise a toast to 2016 with a Blue Nose Cocktail. Steve Mort-Hill, Me to You


head artist will also be around to take special artwork requests.


Africa, based on empowerment through the dignity of work and a sense of belonging. Cornerstone’s heart is rooted in touching people’s lives through a spirit of collaboration and encouragement to better themselves and ultimately their community. Kirsty Broere, event


manager for Jewellery & Watch at i2i Events


Group, said; “We are extremely excited to be introducing such a wide range of new brands for the Design Quarter, and the show overall. The collections will sit beautifully alongside our new British Born and Made section, welcoming exclusive and inspirational jewellery and watch collections” To apply for a pass, go to


www.jewelleryandwatchbirmingham.com.


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